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🎅🏻 Santa ❤️ Red Slime DIY Jar (Science 🔬⚗️⚖️ 101 🎥Series 🎇)

Today, we are making Holiday slime. It has been on my to-do list for a while now, and we are very excited to finally conduct this sensory learning experiment! Slime, besides being absolutely awesome to touch, is also an amazing science demonization. We love hands-on learning through play, and slime is a perfect activity to get children excited about chemistry! 
DSC_0042What you need to make a homemade slime:

  • 1/2 cup of liquid clear glue (buy here),
  • few tablespoons of saline contact solution (buy here) or liquid starch (buy here); some use borax which also has some boric acid but we avoid using since it is toxic). Boric acid and sodium borate are the best slime activators.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, which helps slime firm up,
  • coloring,
  • glitter,
  • slime foam balls (buy in bulk here),
  • confetti stars. 

DSC_0043Pour glue into a bowl. Add glitter and liquid color. Stir until uniformly distributed.

DSC_0043Add contact solution and mix until thick and slimy.

DSC_0043Add little styrofoam micro-beads to your slime to make foam.
DSC_0043Add star confetti and mix well.
DSC_0043Mix and then knead the slime with your hands. If it feels loose, add more solution.
DSC_0043Slime too sticky?  Add more contact solution. Slime too hard?  Add a little more glue.

What is the ⚗️ science behind the slime? Baking soda helps to firm slime. The saline solution is the slime's activator and helps it to get its rubbery texture. The slime will begin to form immediately thanks to the mixture of boric acid and sodium borate present in the saline solution. These two ingredients are cross-linking agents that create your slime! The glue is a polymer and is made up of long, repeating, and identical strands or molecules. These molecules with flow past one another keeping the glue in a liquid state. When you add the borate ions to the mixture, it starts to connect these long strands together. They begin to tangle and mix until the substance is thicker and rubberier like slime and less like the liquid you started with. The final step is to knead your slime. The slime is ready once it starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl.

DSC_0041But where to store your slime which can last for up to a week?


What you need for this DIY Santa Slime jar:

  • recycled baby food jar,
  • picture of Santa (we are using a cover from a notepad), 
  • pompoms,
  • a glue gun.

DSC_0080Glue two large pompoms to the top of the jar. 

DSC_0080 Glue Santa's picture to the pom poms. 

DSC_0080Fill up your jar with slime. 

DSC_0080Hot glue pompoms to make a beard and a nose.

We love hands-on learning through play. Slime = science = kids explore, while learning and having fun in the process. And adding a craft element to the science experiment makes the activity even more multidimensionally exciting! 

DSC_0080Store your slime in a container with a lid and enjoy it for over a week.

DSC_0080Our Santa is very happy to see White Christmas!

Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

For more on Christmas Holiday inspired activities, see here a roundup post "🎄Christmas Inspired Unit Study ."

For more on slime, see here 🌌Galaxy Baking Soda Slime Borax-Free Kids Science Sensorial Experiment.

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🎄Holiday Inspired Montessori Mystery Bag: Developing the Stereognostic Sense

A Mystery Bag (or a Stereognostic Bag) is a classic sensorial activity. In Montessori education, the stereognostic sense is defined as an ability to identify an object by distinguishing its shape, texture, and consistency based on touch alone (by running fingers over the object), without seeing it. Such stimulation is a combination of tactile and muscular memory, which will grow stronger in a young child who practices to recognize objects by touch alone. By playing this "mystery" game, a child is developing muscular and tactile memory, which refines his/her stereognostic sense.


This activity is very simple to put together (just a few simple items, each unique in its shape or texture, together in a small bag). Mystery bag is very versatile (items can be varied every time), and is engaging to a child who, with his/her eyes closed and relying purely on the sense of touch, would attempt to identify an item, name it and retrieve one-by-one. (At the end of the post, I have a link to another post where I wrote in details what, in my opinion, is the order from the least challenging to the most: "Can you Find the Pair?" being the most challenging level)

 DSC_0082Today, we are playing with Adrian "Holiday Inspired Can you Find the Pair? Game."


Adrian, 4 years old, not knowing what is inside a bag (a mystery!) would feel an object and try to identify what it is. He would then retrieve it, explore it a little more while still having a blindfold on; then name an object, open the blindfold and see if he was correct or not. (The more familiar the objects are, the easier it will be for a child to identify them.)


 Mystery bag can become more and more challenging as the child refines his or her stereognostic sense. The less familiar the objects are, the harder it will be for a child to identify them.    

DSC_0099Adrian found another use for the mystery bag. 
DSC_0099What is inside our Holiday Mystery "Find A Pair" Bag?

  • 2 styrofoam covered stars,
  • 2 metal and 2 glitter styrofoam balls,
  • 2 pine cones,
  • 2 little gifts,
  • 2 bells,
  • 2 snowmen,
  • 2 Christmas Trees.

 DSC_0099The contents of the bags can be changed to include familiar objects, e.g. a teaspoon, a cotton reel, a large button, a ring, a marble, a coin, a key, etc. 

DSC_0440-001See here Adrian playing this game at 29 months "Montessori Mystery Bag" where I wrote about the order of introduction and variations on Mystery Bag presentation. 

DSC_0083.JPGSee here Adrian playing this game at a little younger age ( 2 yo) in a post "Can You Find a Pair?"

Mystery bag is such a fun and exciting way to promote language and refine stereognostic sense! And you can vary the contents based on the child's growing interests! 

For more on Holiday Inspired activities, see here a roundup of Christmas activities we have during the month of December "🎄Christmas Inspired Unit Study."

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🎄Christmas Inspired Magnet 🔔Bell Transferring

This is a simple fun 🎄Holiday Inspired 💥Science activity on magnetism. A child would transfer Christmas colors 🔔 bells from one bowl to the other using a magnet. Also, discuss the power of magnetic force and the type of metals that are Ferromagnetic.

DSC_0099  Offer two bowl: one filled with bells made from ferromagnetic metal.  

DSC_0099Offer a child to transfer bells from one bowl to the other using a magnet. 

DSC_0099Discuss the power of magnetic force and the type of metals that are Ferromagnetic.
DSC_0099Ferromagnetic (or ferrimagnetic) materials include iron, nickel, cobalt, some alloys of rare-earth metals, and some naturally occurring minerals such as lodestone.
DSC_0099 The child would transfer bells from left bowl to the right.

For more on Holiday Inspired activities, see here "🎄Christmas Inspired Unit Study."

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🎄Christmas 🎅🏻 Inspired Holiday 📚Books

Below are 📚books we have been enjoying reading during the 🎄Christmas 🎅🏻 Holidays.


Books by Lori Evert (left column):

  • The Reindeer Wish (buy here),
  • The Christmas Wish (buy here), 
  • The Brave Littel Puppy (buy here).

Rudolph series by Robert May (middle column):

  • Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer 📚 book (Part I) (buy here); see a📎 link to a blog post 👇below or here,
  • Rudolph Shines Again (Part II) (buy here).

 Books by Jan Brett (right column):

  • Home for Christmas (buy here),
  • The Hat book (buy here); see a📎 link to a blog post 👇below or here,
  • The Mitten Book  - absolute Winter favorite! (buy here); see a📎 link to a blog post 👇below or here.


More 🎄Holidays Inspired 📚Books (left to right, top to bottom):

  • Little 💙Blue Truck's 🎄Christmas (buy here); see a📎 link to a blog post 👇below or here,
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Lift-the-Tab (buy here); see a📎 link to a blog post 👇below or here,
  • Reindolphins: A Christmas Tale (buy here),
  • How to Catch an Elf (buy here),
  • PAW Patrol: The Night Before Christmas (buy here) - Adrian loves all the flaps and Paw Patrol are his currently favorite characters!
  • Polar Express 30th Anniversary Edition (buy here).


DSC_0168Do you 🎉celebrate The ❄️Winter solstice — also known as Yule, Midwinter, the Shortest 🌅Day of the Year and the Longest 🌌Night! This holiday, (which lands usually on December 21st) is a great opportunity to bring out a 🌏globe and a 🔦flashlight and discuss the sun, the seasons, the tilt of the 🌏 Earth and so much more!  

🌬Winter 🌅 Solstice Books:

  • The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice book (buy here) has lots of fun activities you can do with your kiddo such as determining the positioning of the ☀️ on the 🌅horizon by measuring a shadow, 🖍sketching the positioning of the sun ☀️ by using a compass and more;
  • The Return of the Light: Twelve Tales from Around the World for the Winter Solstice (buy here) is a wonderful collection of stories honoring the winter solstice, but for an older child - 8 yo and up.



These are 🔍 some of our favorite❄️Winter books:

  • Ice Is Nice!: All About the North and South Poles, Cat in the Hat's Learning Library (buy here),
  • Winter, First Step Nonfiction (buy here),
  • Winter Wonderland, Picture the Seasons (buy here) is an amazing book written by Winter with humorous text and gorgeous photography,
  • The Secret Life of a Snowflake book (buy here); read a post about it here
  • Merry Christmas, Squirrels! (buy here).

  DSC_0183 More Holiday 📚Books:

  • Red and Lulu (buy here) is a great story about two red cardinal birds and a Rockefeller Center Tree in Manhattan;
  • The Nutcracker Ballet (buy here),
  • Our American Holidays: Their Meaning and Spirit (buy here).

DSC_0180Julia has been playing a part in a Nutcracker ballet for the past two years, and these Glass Ballet Slipper ornament (buy here) now decorate our tree.

Below are 📎 links to posts when we brought 📚books to life with small world invitations to read.

DSC_0074See here "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer 📚•🎅🏻 Holiday 📖 Reading ✨Collection."

DSC_0185See here Rudolph's Lift -The-Flap book inspired "Skip Counting by 2️⃣" Math Activity. 

DSC_0174Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Lift-the-Tab (buy here).

DSC_0316See here "The Mitten Book ❄️ Winter Favorite 📖Reading 📚Collection."


DSC_0018See here "The Hat Book  ❄️ Winter 📖 Reading Collection."

DSC_0133See here "Little 💙Blue Truck's 🎄Christmas • A Holiday 💎Gem 📚Book."



DSC_0166 The Legend of St. Nicholas: A Story of Christmas Giving (buy here) which we read on St. Nicholas Day. Read a post about this holiday here "St. 🎅🏻 Nicholas Day 🎁Custom of 👞Shoes."

What Holiday 📚books are your favorite?

See here the roundup of activities we have done in the month of December "🎄Christmas Inspired Unit Study."

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Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer 💯 Hundred Board Skip Counting by 2️⃣ Math Activity

I love bringing books to life and setting up small world invitations to play. I also like mixing different subjects, and today, we are bringing my children's old favorite Rudolph Lift-the-Tab book (buy here) to life with a math twist. 


We are using a traditional Montessori Math material: The 💯Hundred Board (buy here), which consists of a blank board and wooden numbers from 1- 100. The objective is memorization, and an understanding of numbers and their sequence. Also, this material trains the child to work from left to right, top to bottom; while teaching counting and skip counting, number recognition, number sequencing, patterning and much more. 


After Adrian assembled The 💯 Board, I offered him Christmas color pom poms and tongs to create and follow a pattern while skipping the numbers by two. 


Besides awesome fine motor stimulation the child receives from tonging, this is also a great sequencing activity as the child has to remember the pattern while placing pom poms on the board.

DSC_0165 Our friend Rudolph (buy here) will be jumping over one number, thus skip counting by 2
DSC_0165Adrian decided to follow a three-color pattern: red-green-white.

DSC_0165Tonging pom poms is a great fine-motor exercise.
DSC_0165Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Lift-the-Tab book (buy here) offers little fingers fun flaps to lift on every page, and also introduces early math counting as flaps are numbered one through twenty-five in a form of an Advent Calendar.


I would say this book is a great addition to your Holiday reading collection for children from two to four years old. Do you have a favorite holiday book?

For more on Rudolph activities, see here 🎅🏻 Holiday 📖 Reading ✨Collection "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer 📚Book" and here "Christmas-inspired Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Sensory Bin."

Also, see here our December activities round-up in a post "🎄Christmas Inspired Unit Study."

For more on Montessori 💯 Hundred Board, read here a detailed post, where Adrian (at 3 yo) was working with it. 

DSC_0060Here, Julia (7 yo) improvised making a Flower Pattern.  

For Holiday inspirations, see below:

DSC_0006See here "St. Patrick's Day☘️ Inspired Four-Leafed Lucky Clover 🍀 on a Montessori 💯 Hundred Board." 

DSC_0028And see here "Valentine's inspired - ❤️️💗 Heart 💯 Hundred Board."

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